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Free teacher handouts & online quizzes

By Red5 on May 29, 2015 | | 5 Comments

In the past it was a requirement that you would have to register with the site before you could access any advanced level content in the teacher handout and online quiz sections, and some beginner and intermediate content in those areas was also reserved for members only.

We at are very pleased to announce that, as of today, we have removed that requirement. All of our beginner, intermediate and advanced teacher handouts and online quizzes are now freely available to everyone without the need to register. This means that you now have access to an additional 225 free handouts and quizzes.

We think this is great news for everyone wanting to learn English, or for those who teach the language, so please help us spread the word by sharing this news with all of your friends and collegues.

You could also help us by sharing this post on your blog, your site or on your social media channels.

Thanks, and enjoy!

The team at

Idiom PDF Downloads Now Available

By Red5 on Aug 28, 2013 | | 6 Comments

We have now made a selection of our English idioms available to download. We've recently published our British and American English idiom lists, and our list of animal idioms, in PDF format. These PDFs include lists of English idiom expressions and phrases with their meanings and definitions. We'll be adding to the available downloads over time so keep checking back to see what's new!

For more information simply go to our eBooks page from the menu, or follow this link:

Exporting Data from the Advanced Text Analyser

By Red5 on Mar 3, 2013 | | 0 Comments

We have today released an upgrade to the advanced text analyser that allows you to export data and results from your text analysis results.

PDF Lesson Plan Section Update

By Red5 on Mar 22, 2011 | | 3 Comments

A new and expanded PDF Lesson Plans section has recently been launched which brings you an improved user interface and allows easier navigation of our free downloadable PDF lesson plans and handouts.

Update to Idioms Area

By Red5 on Oct 25, 2010 | | 0 Comments

We've just launched an upgrade to the idioms section of that makes it much simpler and easier to use.

Continue reading Update to Idioms Area.

New Phrasal Verbs Quizzes: Intransitive, Separable and Inseparable

By Red5 on Feb 29, 2008 | | 40 Comments

We've just added the ability for you to quiz yourself on intransitive, separable and inseparable phrasal verbs. This quiz type complements our existing quizzes on phrasal verbs and other grammar topics.  We hope you enjoy them.  :-)

Rollout Rollup

By Red5 on Jan 31, 2008 | | 3 Comments

The Site Diary has been quiet for some time now, but there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes to improve and to build a base for the future. Here I will attempt to catalogue the key developments that have been made to the site over the last few months, and explain what they may mean for the future.

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New Idioms Web Feed

By Red5 on Jul 22, 2007 | | 22 Comments

Our new Idioms News Feed allows you to keep updated and ensure you are instantly alerted of all the latest idiom definitions added to

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New: Graded Text Analysis

By Red5 on Jun 30, 2007 | | 11 Comments

Just a quick note to say that our Advanced Text Analyser now includes a Graded Text analysis section. You can now compare your text to the BNC and GSL word lists and discover more about the reading level of the text. More information about this will follow shortly.

Submit An Idiom

By Red5 on May 4, 2007 | | 10 Comments

We have now made it easy for you to new add idioms to our Idioms Dictionary. Use our simple online form to make your suggestions.

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Updated: Teacher Handouts

By Red5 on Apr 29, 2007 | | 14 Comments

We've made some changes to the Teacher Handouts section which we hope will make it easier to print and use these materials in class.

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Updated: Reading Comprehension

By Red5 on Apr 7, 2007 | | 21 Comments

The new Reading Comprehension section has just had a bit of a face-lift. We have now reorganised how the section is presented and made it easier for you to test yourself on specific types of exams.

Advanced Text Analyser - New and Improved!

By Red5 on Jan 31, 2007 | | 5 Comments

We have been hard at work making improvements to the Advanced Text Analyser we have here at UE. The new version of the advanced analyser is finally here!

What's Hot for Members?

By Red5 on Dec 3, 2006 | | 13 Comments

Just a quick note to say that we've just added a new area to our Members' Area. It shows statistics about what our members have been looking at, allowing you to see the most popular Members' Area content.

Continue reading What's Hot for Members?.

New Testing Section: Reading Comprehension

By Red5 on Nov 10, 2006 | | 18 Comments

We have just released a brand new Reading Comprehension section. This area contains a selection of text-based reading comprehension exercises, many of which are based on ESL examination questions including Cambridge ESOL, TOEFL, IELTS and other major exams.

New Site Updates for the New Academic Year

By Red5 on Aug 22, 2006 | | 0 Comments

We have made a number of improvements to over the last few weeks, some of which have gone unannounced. This is a summary of the main areas which we've added to or updated recently.

In with the new

By Red5 on Aug 11, 2006 | | 0 Comments

We have just created a What's New area on which allows you to access all of the latest content added to the site. You can view the new content by category or over time.


Site RSS Subscription Changes

By Red5 on Jul 26, 2006 | | 1 Comments

Following the tradition of a million other blogs on the net, we're going to be switching our blog and forum RSS subscription format to FeedBurner. This will make the feeds more accessible to the wide variety of readers out there and not limit it to just RSS. It'll also allow us to have click-through analytics on users who come through the feed. I'll keep you informed of our progress by posting updates here.

Upgraded: ESL Web Directory

By Red5 on Jun 5, 2006 | | 0 Comments

We have just upgraded and rebranded our ESL Web Directory, which now allows you to review sites and keep a personal list of bookmarks for your favourite sites. You can also subscribe to update newsletters for the whole directory, or for specific categories within it.

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Major Update to Phrasal Verbs

By Red5 on Mar 31, 2006 | | 0 Comments

The last couple of days have seen a massive change to the phrasal verbs reference area. Along with a new tabbed interface and improved navigation, we've updated the design of the pages and added loads of new features!

Quiz Results - Updated

By Red5 on Mar 25, 2006 | | 0 Comments

New features in the quiz results pages allow you to view relevant grammar topics and other similar quizzes.

New features include:

  • Categorised into grammatical topics
  • Links to related glossary items
  • Links to related quizzes

Continue reading Quiz Results - Updated.

Members' Text Analyser Update

By Red5 on Mar 24, 2006 | | 1 Comments

We've just added a 'Word Frequency Cloud' to the advanced text analyser. The word frequency cloud shows each word in a bigger or smaller text size, depending on how many times it is found in the text. The bigger the word, the more frequently it occurs.

Revamped Glossary Area

By Red5 on Mar 16, 2006 | | 0 Comments

We have just made a new version of the glossary live.

New features include:

  • Fully databased glossary
  • Categorised into grammatical topics
  • Links to related glossary items from the same topic
  • Links to related quizzes

Members' Area Overhaul

By Red5 on Jan 31, 2006 | | 1 Comments

We have just completed the first step towards revamping the members' area. Both the main page and the Idioms area have been completely redesigned, giving improved navigation and additional features.

Continue reading Members' Area Overhaul.

Members' Text Analyser

By Red5 on Jan 18, 2006 | | 0 Comments

The members' area text analyser has had a major revamp, improving both the presentation and the functionality of the tool. Options to show/hide common words, show/hide descriptions and show/hide single-occurrence words

Continue reading Members' Text Analyser.

Word Checker Update

By Red5 on Jan 18, 2006 | | 0 Comments

We've just released an update to our word analysis tool, the Word Checker. It is now faster and provides much more information about the word you are researching.

Continue reading Word Checker Update.

English Idioms Update

By Red5 on Dec 15, 2005 | | 12 Comments

We have just completed another major overhaul, this time to the public English Idioms area. Presentation and navigation have been improved, and extra functionality added.

Continue reading English Idioms Update.

Members' Area - Irregular Verbs Update

By Red5 on Nov 5, 2005 | | 3 Comments

We have just completed a major overhaul of the members' area Irregular Verbs section, including brand new ways to view the list and a new printable verb list.

A Face-lift for Our Shop

By Red5 on Sep 29, 2005 | | 0 Comments

We are currently re-vamping the shop area of A major overhaul of the user interface is being undertaken, which has already yielded dramatic changes to the area's usability.

Continue reading A Face-lift for Our Shop.

New! - RSS Newsfeeds

By Red5 on Sep 25, 2005 | | 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that we've created a new page where you can access all of's RSS newsfeeds from one easy location. Simply go to the RSS Newsfeeds page and select the feeds you require. We've also added a number of additional feeds to those available.

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Links Database Audit

By Red5 on Sep 15, 2005 | | 0 Comments

We've just completed a full audit of our ESL links database. This basically means that we've now checked every single link in the database for broken links and 404 (page not found) errors. Where possible we have tried to update the listings with the correct url. Naturally enough, we were not able to correct all links and so it was necessary to remove about 100 broken links.

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Phrasal Verbs - Usability Update

By Red5 on Aug 20, 2005 | | 6 Comments

We have changed the presentation in Phrasal Verbs in order to handle the large number of verbs now displayed.

New English Idioms, Slang and Swearing References

By Red5 on May 30, 2005 | | 8 Comments

We have just released a new Members' Area section containing references of English Idioms, Slang and Swear Words. Here you can browse through thousands of English expressions and discover their meanings and view usage tips.

Irregular Verb List Update

By Red5 on May 23, 2005 | | 1 Comments

As part of our on-going efforts to improve the information and resources provided at, we've just completed a major update to the Irregular Verb List in our reference area.

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Similar Phrasal Verbs

By Red5 on Apr 28, 2005 | | 3 Comments

Another update to the phrasal verbs reference area has just been released. We now show you a list similar phrasal verbs for each verb in our database.

Continue reading Similar Phrasal Verbs.

Phrasal Verbs - Update

By Red5 on Apr 26, 2005 | | 1 Comments

We've just released an update to the Phrasal Verbs reference area, and added the ability to conduct searches.

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Site Membership Changes Are Now Live

By Red5 on Apr 17, 2005 | | 4 Comments

A little while ago we notified you that we were going to change the way handles your membership of the site. These are now complete, and have now been made available.

Advance Warning - Site Membership Changes

By Red5 on Mar 19, 2005 | | 0 Comments

Soon, we will be moving to a single login system for which will give you access to all areas of the site. You will no longer have to register for the ESL forum and then register again for the Members' Area!

Teacher Handouts - Categories

By Red5 on Feb 21, 2005 | | 0 Comments

We've just spent a good deal of time working on the ESL handouts that we provide. We decided that it needed a bit of an overhaul, and as a result we made a few changes.

Overhaul of Phrasal Verbs Section

By Red5 on Jan 23, 2005 | | 0 Comments

We have just completed a major overhaul of our Phrasal Verbs area.

The entire Phrasal Verbs glossary has now been databased which allows many more features to be made available, so keep a look out for additions to this fast growing resource.

Answers for ESL Quizzes & Handouts

By Red5 on Jan 3, 2005 | | 2 Comments

Just a quick note to say that we have now made answer sheets available for all of our ESL teachers handouts and their corresponding quizzes. :-)

Site Design - Initial Stage Complete

By Red5 on Jan 3, 2005 | | 0 Comments

Happy New Year! :-)

The first stage of our site overhaul is almost over with only a few loose ends to tie up. The design of the site has been simplified and pages are now less cluttered and should load in your browser faster.

Site Design Update

By Red5 on Dec 24, 2004 |

I am currently in the process of making changes to the design and structure of this site in order to simplify it and make it clearer and easier to use. I will let you know when the process is complete, after which I will be starting on some fairly major changes and additions to the site, so keep popping in frequently to stay abreast of developments!

Forum Upgrade Complete

By Red5 on Nov 6, 2004 | | 0 Comments

Just a quick note to say that the recent upgrade to the forum was completed smoothly with little or no disruption to service. We hope you enjoy using the new software. :-)

English Idioms

By Red5 on Nov 6, 2004 | | 5 Comments

We are pleased to announce the new Dictionary of English Idioms, which contains hundreds of definitions of common idioms and idiomatic expressions.


Forthcoming Forum Upgrade

By Red5 on Oct 29, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have recently purchased brand new forum software which will provide everyone here with a large number of new features and tools, and hopefully a more reliable and professional forum.

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Reference Section Update

By Red5 on Oct 12, 2004 | | 0 Comments

The reference section is undergoing something of a facelift at the moment.

Continue reading Reference Section Update.

Online Quizzes

By Red5 on Sep 25, 2004 | | 1 Comments

Recently the online quizzes page has shown erratic behaviour when displaying the list of available quizzes. A few days ago I rewrote the display routine and this seems to have cured the problem.

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Printables Fixed

By Red5 on Sep 25, 2004 | | 0 Comments

The Printable Version link is now working again. I've finally tracked down the cause of the problem and it's fixed! What's more, the same issue was effecting other areas of the site which are now also working fully.

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Language Polls

By Tdol on Sep 4, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have now added random English language polls to the Teachers and the Handouts pages. Random polls will be displayed on the left of the pages when they are opened in the same way that they appear in Testing.

Teachers' Handouts

By Tdol on Jul 28, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have updated the ESL Teacher Handouts, Grammar Worksheets & Printables section. Firstly, we have added a considerable number of new English language quizzes to the section, both in the public and the members' areas.

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Temporary Disruptions to Quizzes & Handouts

By Red5 on Jul 13, 2004 | | 1 Comments

Due to a temporary loss of data from one of our databases, pages in the Language Quizzes and Teacher Handouts areas of the site have experienced errors. The data has now been restored, and both areas should now be back up and running again.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Posting Comments in Blogs

By Tdol on Jul 1, 2004 | | 1 Comments

We have recently upgraded the MovableType software we use for our blogs. A couple of months ago we started having links posted to dubious websites, including spam and some pornography.

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Word Checker Results - Prefixes and Suffixes

By Tdol on Jun 20, 2004 | | 1 Comments

We have now added Prefixes and Suffixes to the results in the Word Checker, which displays prefixes and suffixes used with the stem of the word you have chosen.

Polls Update

By Tdol on Jun 3, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have updated the Polls section of the website.

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Word Checker Results

By Tdol on May 28, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have added some search engine links to the results page of the Word Checker. If you click on them, it will carry out the search for the word or phrase you entered. We have started with Google and separated the searches into different areas, so you can compare the usage in different English-speaking countries. You can search Google:
Images | America | Australia | Britain | Canada | Ireland | New Zealand

Continue reading Word Checker Results.

Teachers' Handouts

By Tdol on May 19, 2004 | | 2 Comments

We have changed the handouts page in the Teachers'Area. The display is different and we have added New and Updated labels.

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New: Online Word Checker

By Tdol on Apr 14, 2004 | | 2 Comments

We have released a new language tool that allows users to enter a word to get grammatical information about it. It gives information on parts of speech, usage, register, style, collocation, meaning and grammar.

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Member Logins

By Tdol on Apr 9, 2004 | | 0 Comments

When we upgraded our server recently, it would appear that the Members' Area database was corrupted and a number of members were having difficulty in logging in.

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Japanese Language Help

By Tdol on Apr 8, 2004 | | 3 Comments

We now have a site that offers help for for users who speak Japanese. It gives descriptions of the different sections, written by a Japanese site user, along with links to the various sections.

Continue reading Japanese Language Help.

Categories Added to Glossary

By Red5 on Mar 25, 2004 | | 0 Comments

We have updated the main glossary page to include a categorised listing/directory of key grammar areas.

New Handouts and Printables

By Red5 on Jan 21, 2004 | | 1 Comments

Handouts & Printables

Join our Members Area to gain access to our growing archive of free printable handouts to use in class for beginner, intermediate and advanced level students.

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Text Analyser - New Tool!

By Red5 on Jan 10, 2004 | | 3 Comments

Analyse Your Text For Free!


What Information Will I Get?

This tool will show you a basic statistical breakdown of your text including:

- Word Count
- Unique Words
- Number of Sentences
- Average Words per Sentence
- Lexical Density (what's this)
- Gunning Fog Readability Index (what's this)

Continue reading Text Analyser - New Tool!.

Text Analyser Enhancements

By Red5 on Dec 31, 2003 | | 0 Comments

I've just updated the Text Analyser and added some new features; now you can click on a word and get extended information about how it is used. For example:

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Word Frequency Analyser

By Red5 on Dec 28, 2003 | | 0 Comments

We have added a Word Frequency Analyser, which can be found in the Members' Area. All you have to do is copy and paste some text into the box and click on the Calculate Now! button.

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Tests Integrated With Members Area

By Red5 on Dec 9, 2003 | | 3 Comments

Our Members Area now contains the testing section and a selection of new language exercises.

New Language Quizzes for Members

By Red5 on Dec 4, 2003 | | 0 Comments

I've just added another new section to the members area!

Quiz Archive
A growing selection of quizzes to test your knowledge of the English language

New Members Area Content

By Red5 on Nov 18, 2003 | | 0 Comments

I've finally had a few moments spare to work on developing the first pages of real content for our members area.

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Polls are back!

By Red5 on Nov 1, 2003 | | 1 Comments

We have finally completed maintenance on our Poll section and it is now back online with a new look. :-)

Polls Problem

By Red5 on Oct 28, 2003 | | 1 Comments

Well I finally resolved the problem with our shop, as I stated earlier, and it's now up and running fully again (and slightly improved).

However, we've had some data files get corrupted in our polls area and so the entire thing is out-of-order! :-( I am currently asking our hosts to restore all of the data for the polls section from backup, and I'll let you know when it's up and running again.

Running a site is never a simple job, you know!

ESL Shop Downtime

By Red5 on Oct 24, 2003 | | 0 Comments

Our shop has been out of action for the last couple of days due to server issues which have now been resolved.

Site Redesign

By Red5 on Oct 14, 2003 | | 0 Comments

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a new navigation system for the site and adding new content.

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Exam Tips

By Red5 on Sep 29, 2003 | | 0 Comments

Today sees the release of a new collection of tips to help you with taking exams and tests.

Continue reading Exam Tips.

English Phrasal Verbs

By Red5 on Sep 25, 2003 | | 1 Comments

Today we complete the mammoth task of putting together a compendium of English Phrasal Verbs.

Continue reading English Phrasal Verbs.

Opinion Polls

By Red5 on Aug 20, 2003 | | 0 Comments

We've added a new language poll section to the site, which contains numerous polls on various aspects of the English language and its use.

Continue reading Opinion Polls.